What is Microsoft Teams?

Enterprise-ready chat and collaboration

Microsoft Teams is a new chat-based platform designed to integrate with Office 365 (Business or Enterprise plans), providing:

  • A modern chat environment for teams
  • A teamwork hub with Office 365 integration for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneNote, Planner, PowerBI, and Delve
  • Custom workspaces
  • Fully secure chat with data encryption in transit and at rest

Modern chat environment

Microsoft Teams supports persistant and threaded conversations (so replies are linked to the original message in an easy to follow pattern).Conversations are public by default but can be made private when needed. Mobile devices support audio calling, with Android phones additionally supporting video calls (video is coming to IOS soon). Finally, team members can message Skype for Business users in individual chats.

Email is also part of the chat environment, with colleagues having the option to email a channel (including with attachments).

Teamwork hub

Thanks to complete Office 365 integration Microsoft Teams delivers a central hub for collaboration. Pull information from Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneNote, Planner, Delve, and Power BI. Thanks to Microsoft Graph discovering relevant documents and details is easy.

Organising meetings for team members in integrated into Microsoft Teams, with calendar availability for individual team members easily accessed. Ad-hoc, instant, audio and video web meetings are only a click away.

Custom workspaces

Every time is different,and every workspace is unique. With APIs and extensions teams can personalise their environment, including items like Twitter feeds, GitHub updates, or frequently used documents. Over 150 integrations are either available or have been announced,

Secure chat environment

Businesses need to know conversations, and shared items, are secure. Microsoft Teams uses data encryption in transit and at rest. Supported compliance standards include EU Model Clauses, ISO 27001, SOC 2, and HIPAA.

Which Office 365 plans include Microsoft Teams?

Microsoft Teams is included in the following Office 365 services:

  • Office 365 Business
  • Office 365 Business Premium
  • Office 365 E1
  • Office 365 E3
  • Office 365 E5

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